Hospital Week 2022: Celebrating Healthcare Systems and Healthcare Workers

May 9-13 is National Hospital Week 2022, “an opportunity to highlight our hospitals, health systems, and health care workers and the innovative ways they are supporting and connecting to their community,” according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). “Health care professionals have stepped up and leaned in — week after week, day after day, hour after hour — to provide compassionate care and healing during unprecedented challenges.” – Wright L. Lassiter III, Chair, AHA. #AHAToday #HospitalWeek #WeAreHealthCare #NursesWeek2022 #NationalNursesWeek

In that spirit, we’re sharing celebrations from a just few of the health systems we found inspirational. 

Katherine Ballard, BSN, RN, a pediatric nurse at OSHU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon tells a touching story of being part of the first meeting between a newborn baby and her parents, who were COVID-19-positive when the baby was born, delaying that first meeting by 6 days. “It was a really beautiful moment that I felt fortunate to witness,” Ballard said. As a pediatric healthcare provider, she considers it her duty to advocate in the state legislature for “public policy initiatives that will impact my patients’ across the state of Oregon.”

Nuvance Health, Danbury, Connecticut, created a collage of their “everyday heroes” to celebrate.

Hollywood, Florida’s Memorial Healthcare System combined the celebration of National Hospital Week with Nurses Week, and put together a gracious compilation of their nurses and clinicians expressing their gratitude to all the healthcare heroes who’ve brought us through COVID-19 and beyond. 

PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Washington, made their appreciation for healthcare workers public with a LinkedIn post that included this quote from Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth’s President and CEO: “Thank you for all that you do for PeaceHealth and the patients, families and communities we serve…You play a vital role in making our healthcare facilities a place where our communities can find solace even during the darkest days.”


Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, Texas posted photos of their healthcare heroes in action on Twitter, and their recently-retired CEO, Jim Hinton, wrote,“I don’t think it’s possible to over-celebrate our [BSWHealth] team and healthcare teams worldwide for the many ways they have been “all in” over the past year! We appreciate you!”

LifePoint Health, Brentwood, Tennessee, posted: “This National Nurses Week, we honor our compassionate nurses across the country who care for patients during their times of greatest need. Their voices and actions make a difference every single day – from monitoring patients at the bedside to championing new protocols and procedures and ensuring that quality is always at the heart of what we do. They are Making Communities Healthier every day. Happy Nurses Week!”

Dignity Health, San Francisco, California, applauded its healthcare workers via LinkedIn for their dedication and willingness to serve: “They fill our halls with the warmth of humankindness, and the glow of their spirit.”

And it’s not just Hospital and Healthcare Appreciation Week – Stanford Health in Palo Alto, California is celebrating Oncology Nursing Month, and honored their Oncology nurses on LinkedIn with a photo montage and a well-deserved thank you message, including, “[Our Oncology nurses’] compassion provides hope & support during a time when patients & their families are facing the unimaginable.”

Happy National Hospital Week 2022!